I recently changed smartphones from an unknown to Samsung, and I've lost my WhatsApp conversations. I want them on the new phone. I have reinstalled it on the new phone, and the
msgstore.db.crypt files are there, but WhatsApp does not read the older conversations back.
What I would like to do is have WhatsApp appear as an unbroken list of chats so that the date that I changed phones is not apparent in the list of chats.
In case you didn't come right, I had the same issue. Uninstall Whatsapp from the NEW phone (start blank) Copy the /Whatsapp folder from your SD card to the new phone (I had to do this because Whatsapp on my new phone was installed to the INTERNAL card, not the SD card, so the upgrade didn't find the old store) I also copied the android/data/com.whatsapp folder for good luck Install Whatsapp on the new phone. After account creation, it should detect the old messages and restore them.
Yes. WhatsApp Messenger offers backup and restore options. You can backup your chats to an encryted file(now *.db.crypt5) or restore chats from backup file back to your android. But restoring history from a backup would wipe your current chats with those in the backup.
If you want to install Whatsapp on a new phone, you have to make a backup on the old phone, then copy the Whatsapp directory on the new phone, install Whatsapp and when prompted choose to recover from existing backup.
When you start the app for the first time the directory with the backup must already be there, otherwise you won't be prompted to recover.